For You Daddy

Since opening this website is a new phase in my life on #this_infusions_journey, I see it only fit to pay tribute to the one (besides The Almighty Creator) that stood by me through all storms and lead me to the nearest shore. Unfortunately, he is not here now to share this success story of my first website/blog. A platform I will use to reach out and share what information I have about healing and getting back into the kitchen using all the natural wonders around us. I wrote this in the late night and it will probably be the prologue to anything else I do with Infusions KW. Never the less, I let it go here on this blog…and now I can go on.

Dedicated to my late father Terrence Richard Marotte who taught me all I needed to know about life and the kitchen. The best memories of my childhood were the ones by his side learning the basics such as cutting, marinating, and mixing. Since I can remember I was always watching and listening him do his “thing” in the kitchen. By the time I was 13 years old (my eldest daughter’s age now), I was proudly able to produce an entire Thanksgiving dinner or 5 course Thai cuisine themed dinner. The kitchen was our church and the table our altar. The kitchen was only place in our home that was relaxed and not plagued with domestic violence or the echoed stresses of daily life.  The table is where could talk about the day’s events or gossip of the neighborhood. Talks of aspiration were allowed, but we could not discuss politics nor religion (that was something we did as he lit up his pipe on the front porch at night). Under absolutely no circumstances could we complain of our “in house” situation (my mother was a substance abuser and a gambler). So every meal was full of talks about hopes, dreams, and happy things.  Something I am proud to have continued with my children on our table daily.  So while most of my generation were serving up frozen TV dinners and microwavable hot pockets,  I was learning how to make a proper roux base for any cream sauce and using mirepoix in stews. I learned the importance of fresh ingredients and using what was in season. He was my inspiration, my rock, and my best friend. Since he left this Earth too soon, it is with my cooking and these very creations you see on the website that I find my solace in this Life.

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